LMAKprojects is pleased to present Russell Nachman’s Palimpsest III, his second solo exhibition with the gallery, highlighting new, large format watercolors on paper.
Palimpsest III continues Nachman’s meditation on the waning days of western metaphysics via the art historical trope of the harlequin—re-imagined as a contemporary, Black Metal-music
reveler. Corpse painted figures are shown imbibing in a bacchanal of alcohol and religious euphoria. They are the Freudian Id, loosed and drunk on a Mal-appropriated spirituality. Using structures of iconic, Christian painting and illuminated, prayer manuscripts the work creates a contrast of reverence and irreverence in order to express the desire for meaning faced with the fear that meaning has receded in the construct of all things.
Depicting the sacred and the profane, this body of work strives to embrace the human comedy, neither proselytizing nor moralizing.
With a pastiche of art history, pop culture, Americana, and personal imagery, the work realizes a new subculture of iconography. As such, Nachman creates a new, distinct voice in a time of acute, social change and transitional, cultural values.